The Key to Safe Sex? Get Married Early, Says UT Professor

marriage wedding ringsA professor at the University of Texas is making his case for getting married early in life. According the the Austin American-Statesman:

If Christians aren’t waiting until marriage to have sex — and statistics show they aren’t — Mark Regnerus says he’s found the perfect solution: They should just get married right after high school . . .

His premise, in the Christianity Today piece, is that the evangelical emphasis on abstinence, combined with the growing number of adults who are getting married later in life, has created economic, biological and emotional problems for Christians. U.S. Census Bureau data show that the median age for marriage has been rising steadily since the 1960s, when the median marrying age was 20 for women and 22 for men. By 2007, the median age had risen to 25 for women and 27 for men.

Regnerus’ main argument is “that evangelical Christians have become too preoccupied with sex and turned their attention away from the damage that Americans are doing to the institution of marriage by discouraging it and delaying it. [Read more...]

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Condom Commandments – The Frisky
Marriage Changes Us More Than We Change Marriage – Bilerico
Hemp Advocates Want Their Own Beer Summit – Roll Call
Parental Consent Laws Hurt Women – Chicago Sun Times

Sen. Ensign & Hypocrisy in the Conservative Message for Family Values

I’ve been spending a lot of time recently pondering over the senator ensignconservative case for family values. It’s really irritating to hear arguments from the religious right about the sanctity of marriage when, quite frankly, strait people have been doing a good enough job dismantling their own precious family values.

Senator Ensign drives home a new meaning of hypocrisy. Not only did he spend a tremendous amount of energy trying to have Bill Clinton impeached for the very act he has now been exposed for committing, the senator was also a so called “champion” of family values, according to the religious right. Thats just laughable.
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